Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015


The baptisms didn't happen. The family sent us a text at 3 AM saying that they didn't feel ready for the baptism and that they wouldn't be able to go to their interview in the morning. That was devastating.

I was thinking that you guys might not really know where I was, so I want you guys to do some looking at google maps to find where I was, where I am and where I'm going. I think you should be able to find everything I tell you.

I started in Pachacamac. I lived close to la comiseria de Pachacamac and el parque huascar. As you know this week was transfers so on Saturday night I got a call from the zone leaders to tell me where my program and where everyone in my district was going. I HAVE A TRANSFER!! (sory 4 inglish) I'm going to Ayacucho! That's the furthest away from Lima I could go and I'm looking forward to taking a 10 hours bus ride to get there tomorrow! Also I'm going to be training!!! They say I might be a district leader still but I won't find out til I get there, but I'll be with someone way new! That means that he won't have learned all the bad habits and apostacy that most missionaries have!

The zone leaders told me that I had to be in the mission office at 7 pm on Sunday night to take the bus all night to get to ayacucho. I showed up there at like 6 because I was nervous and I didn't know how long it would be to get there. I had to bring all my luggage and we had to take a taxi for a while to get there. It took like 45 minutes. We got there and they said "Elder Mitchell! You're not supposed to be here 'til Tuesday because you have a training session tomorrow for how to be a trainer!" I was like whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttt... so I moved the stuff I needed for 2 days to my smaller suitcase and we went ALL THE WAY BACK TO PACHACAMAC! The mission office is in a church building in Surco, you can look that up too if you want.

This morning I woke up at 5 AM to go to San Juan, which involved another taxi ride. We got there and waited for a while, then my companion Elder Lipe went with his new companion back to Pachacamac and I went with the zone leaders from a place called Chorillos back to their area. So right now I'm in Chorillos. It's on the beach. The pacific ocean is on their area map. I have NO IDEA what I'm going to be doing tonight nor when my bus is leaving or anything, all I know is I'm here with the zone leaders (one of which is named Elder Randolph from Spanish Fork) and that I have a training some time soon and tomorrow I'm going to get in a bus for a really long time.

A little bit of what I know about Ayacucho. Ayacucho is the furthest south and east area in the mission. It's its' own separate world over there. There are a lot of mountains and rain. The people chew a lot of tobacco leaves and the older people speak Quetchwa. There are a lot of llamas and it's a big tourist hotspot. I'm pretty excited.

Jairo is going to get married the first of april and is going to get baptized 2 weeks later. I won't get to go but he gave me an invitation for something to remember him. The invitation is super cute where there's a picture of the groom and the bride is like way above him, then when you pull on the bottom of the invitation the bride falls into his arms. That was pretty much the last thing I wanted to see for my whole mission ahahahahaha but that's ok. Actually I miss Nancy a lot.

ALSO I forgot to tell you guys a wonderful story from 2 weeks ago! 

So we were waiting for a bus to go get something to eat but we had to wait forever. Another bus was passing in front of us and 2 women got off. They immediately walked over to us and I didn't notice anything particularly weird about them. One walked over to me and stood right in front of me, looked me in the eyes and asked for the peice of chocolate I was eating. Of course I gave it to her because freakin' I don't care I just wanted her to go away. She broke off a piece and gave it to her friend and said (in spanish of course) "Where are you from? I'm from cuba" I told her I'm from the US because I'm an idiot and then she said something about how we were missionaries. Then she said "So you're not allowed to have relations, are you?" to which i responded with a quick "NO" Then she said ok and she walked away. It was then that I noticed that her shorts were more like half a pair of briefs and that both of the women were prostitutes. I couldn't even believe that happened but I taped the chocolate wrapper into my journal with the words "touched by a prostitute" so that's cool.

Also something really weird about Peru is the incredible amount of pornography. That's probably not something you want to hear but really, it's so bad. Everyone just puts it everywhere. On their windows, on the walls in the busses, inside their houses, in restaurants and I promise you it's even worse than you're thinking it could possibly be. There are people who have pictures of people with literally no clothes on INSIDE OF THEIR HOUSES! Like whaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttt are you doing.

Anyways, overall I'm super excited to go to ayacucho and to train and to have a new area. I'm feeling pretty good. I feel like I've learned a lot and that I'm just trying to progress every day. I'm constantly trying to develope Christlike attributes and I'm always fighting against my bffae, pride.

I miss all of you! Sorry but I'll prolly be a totally different person when I get back and my english is gradually leaving, I'm pretty much native peruvian. I'll still play a lot of videogames though :D

I love you, team!

Elder Mitchell

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